Snake-eyes | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel made a bad bet taking a $1,000  contribution from a Mississippi casino operator. Stephens Media noted this morning that McDaniel has more or less provided indirect support for out-of-state casinos by noting that Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's lottery proposal holds the potential for allowing casino-style machine gambling in Arkansas. Folks might like a lottery, but casinos have traditionally done poorly with Arkansas voters. Thus, any criticism McDaniel offers of the lottery tends to help casinos against a potential competitor.

McDaniel is returning the contribution, but his spokesman said it was because the contribution went erroneously to McDaniel's political action committee rather than being sent as a direct campaign contribution. He'd earlier taken $1,000 from the Isle of Capri as a campaign contribution and he won't be sending that money back. The casino has a policy not to contribute to PACs. It all added up, just the same, to publicity about McDaniel getting casino money whilst offering them a little aid and comfort against potential Arkansas competition. (We agree with him, by the way, about the unknown form gambling could take if a lottery is approved.)

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Medical marijuana backers: Health Department opposition 'disingenuous' and 'cruel'

    Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group behind the first medical marijuana initiative to qualify for the ballot, has responded sharply to yesterday's statement by the Arkansas Health Department that it opposes legal medical use of marijuana.
    • Jul 13, 2016
  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Federal judge reprimands John Goodson for misconduct in class-action case

    John Goodson  — the Texarkana attorney, D.C. lobbyist, and husband of Arkansas State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson — was reprimanded today by a federal judge for his conduct in a class-action case.
    • Aug 3, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation